Saturday, August 27, 2011

Take Five: Allison Aheart (BDPA Hampton Roads)

Allison Aheart is a BDPA leader with vision. She was the founder of a BDPA student chapter when she attended college in Virginia. Currently she serves as the BDPA Hampton Roads chapter president. She was a nominee for the National BDPA Vice President vacancy earlier this month. Although she didn't win the election I think it is fair to say that we will be seeing more of Allison in the coming months and years!

We asked her to become part of the Take Five interview series. Here is what Allison had to say:

  1. How did you get involved with BDPA? - I became involved with BDPA as a college student. I was an IT major at Virginia Commonwealth University and wanted to align myself with like minded peers. I was able to get great advice regarding which IT courses and professors where the best. Additionally, in volunteering for BDPA at a career fair (BDPA had an information table setup) I was able to secure employment several months before graduating.
  2. What is your favorite part of working with BDPA? - My favorite part of working with BDPA is spreading the word about the organization. The most rewarding part is seeing our adult and student members reach their IT and professional goals by participating in our programs and training courses.
  3. What future evolution or change would you like to see in BDPA? - I would like to see BDPA embrace the future of digital technology, which we are currently doing through internet television and radio.
  4. Why should someone pay $100 membership dues to join BDPA? A person should pay $100 for a membership which gives them access to a network of minority professionals, various local and regional programs that enhance technical and professional abilities. There is also help for entrepreneurs and job seekers through seminars and workshops.
  5. Any advice for people considering a donation to BETF? - Give, because the future of OUR kids matter. The youth in minority communities are falling behind because they don't have immediate access to technology. Our youth need positive outlets to technical workshops and training courses. BETF funds our SITES/STEM programs, which helps our youth become involved.

Please share some BDPA-Love with Allison!

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